Clyde Primary School Newsletter
11th November 2016
Featured / World Teachers Day – Thank you!
The teaching staff would like to thank the children, parents and the School Council members for the cards, thoughtful gifts and wonderful lunch on World Teacher’s day on Friday October 28th. We appreciate the support that our school community gives us throughout the year. This support is an essential part of developing our students both academically and socially. Once again thank you for making it such a special day.
Curriculum Day – Friday 2nd December
On Friday 2nd December we will be conducting a Curriculum Day and students will not be required to attend school.
On this day, staff will be presenting their Action Research findings in the following areas:
Foundation – Investigative (Play Based) Learning
1/2s – Peer Observations
3/4s – Peer Observations
5/6s – Inquiry Based Approach
The purpose of Action Research is to explore evidence- based practice and apply this learning to the context of our own school. Each team will present a proposal with recommendations for the continual improvement of teaching and learning at our school in 2017.
On this day we will also be developing our knowledge of the new Victorian Curriculum, establishing planning documents and discussing the impact it will have on teaching and learning at our school.
Class Structures for 2017
We are currently looking at running with 18 classes for next year. The breakdown of classes will be as follows:
4 x Foundation 7 x Year 1/2s 4 x Year 3/4s 3 x Year 5/6s
This will allow the school to have 5 Professional Learning Teams, Foundation (4 teachers), Junior (4 teachers), Junior (3 teachers), Middle (4 teachers) & Senior (3 teachers)
We are currently finalising staffing for these teams and still have some interviewing and recruitment to complete.
Initially, most specialist classes will be run in the students’ classrooms until the point we reach 400 students and receive more learning spaces from the department.
Removal of 1/2 Portable Classrooms
As communicated earlier in the year, the current 1/2 portable classrooms are being removed and replaced with brand new ones over the school holiday period.
The works will begin on Monday 12th December and therefore the Year 1/2 students will need to be relocated to different areas of the school prior to this. Below is an outline of the new learning spaces for each 1/2 class for the final few weeks.
1/2A Mrs Sinnema/Miss Ray will be moving to the Art Room.
1/2B Miss Naughton will be moving to the Learning Centre.
1/2C Mr Selby will be moving to the Social Skills Room.
1/2D Mr Ahern will be moving to the LOTE Room.
We will endeavour to facilitate the smooth movement of classes with as minimal disruption to student learning as possible.
As our enrolment numbers push towards 400 students for 2017, we will qualify for 2 extra portable classrooms.
These classrooms will not be triggered by the Education Department until we reach this magical figure.
Ideally, we would like confirmation of these new buildings before the end of the year in order to get the process underway.
Currently we have 387 confirmed enrolments for next year.
If there are any members of our school community who know of parents/guardians looking to enrol their child at Clyde next year but haven’t yet done so, please remind them to contact the school ASAP.
This will greatly benefit our workforce planning for 2017.
I would like to advise the school community that Mr Rob Newell will be leaving Clyde PS on November 11th to take up a position at the new school in Pakenham, John Henry PS as Business Manager. Rob has been a valuable asset to our school over the last 6 years and I know you will join me in wishing him well. Thank you for your contributions to our school Rob.
Clyde Primary School are extremely proud to announce that…….………
Next year we are offering Music as a Specialist Program!!
Jett – For demonstrating exceptional growth in reading. Jett has shown commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year and he should be very proud of all his hard work!
Riley – For an outstanding result in his Fountas and Pinnell reading test. Well done Riley!
Shaun – For excellent results in his Literacy and Numeracy OnDemand tests.
Ryley – For his outstanding attitude towards all his learning and some great improvements in his reading. Well done Ryley!
I recently read that often “We do not listen to improve our understanding but rather we listen in order to reply”. Communication plays an important role in our everyday life but unfortunately many of us are losing the ability to communicate in a respectful way and often we do not listen to others. This can result in many adults and children not being able to understand why uncomfortable situations arise. Children often do not listen to parents or teachers and wait until things have been repeated many times, or they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. They then become upset at the end result not realising they may have initiated the situation.
To help with this problem, students in Years Five and Six have been looking at recognising body language and then use this information to gain meaning. Different types of emotions/feelings are portrayed in the different situations we may find ourselves in each day. Therefore it is important to be able to read the signs before reacting. Reactions to situations influence whether a positive or negative response occurs. We have had many lively discussions about reactions to situations and what our own choices could be.
Students in Years Three and Four have continued to look at bullying – what makes a bully and how our own behaviour and actions are seen as either supporting or rejecting bullying. Through the use of books, problems are introduced and different interpretations are then discussed from the viewpoint of the bully and the victims. We do not want Bully Bystanders at Clyde Primary but everyone to be given the opportunity to be safe and happy here. Students had the opportunity to design a Super Hero who used special powers to stop bullying.
Younger students are also continuing to explore bullying and how behaviour can influence the reactions of family and friends. Story books helped lead discussion about how people feel when they are put in uncomfortable situations. Young children need to develop feelings of empathy and the skills to deal with situations when things do not go your way and how our own moods affect relationships with each other.
Term 4 is shaping up to be full of discovery for all year levels!
Foundations, Year One & Two
The Foundation, Year One and Year Two students have been immersed in Chemical Sciences. They have investigated how food can be mixed to form different products. In particular, how flour can be used to make bread and how gelatine can make jelly. The students will explore how the shapes of objects made from different materials can be physically changed through different actions, for example, bending and stretching.
Year Three & Four
The Year Three and Year Four students have been investigating the Sun, Earth and Moon, in particular their movements and sizes. The students will look at how the rotation of Earth causes changes, in particular night and day timescales. They will be creating models as part of their investigations.
Year Five & Six
Year Five and Six students have been continuing with renewable energy this term and have been working in collaborative learning teams, in order to construct a renewable energy model. We’ve seen some working models with some groups excitedly and proudly demonstrating their models to other classes.
This term in LOTE we are…
Students of the Middle school and Senior school have begun delving into Indonesian folktales. They have started to unpack a folktale based on the famous Kancil (mouse deer). Students enjoyed reading and acting this folktale out, and had some interesting ideas on what the ending of the folktale might be. Students are determining meaning and morals behind these folktales, helping them to improve their understanding Indonesian culture and history.
The Junior school are actively using their language skills and currency knowledge to decide on an Indonesian stall they would like to run in their classes Indonesian Pasar. Students are considering prices of items and have been practicing asking how much items are “Bearapa Banyak?”.
Foundation students are revising their learnt language skills. Students are currently extending their knowledge of Indonesian knowledge. They are creating a facts page on an Indonesian animal currently.
What’s the single most important word a student can say every day to boost achievement?
Attendance matters from the first day of school till the last day of school. Too many absences – explained or unexplained – can keep students from succeeding in school and life.
- Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year or about 20 days. That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it.
- Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally. The important thing is to get your children to school as often as possible.
- Sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter. Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.
- If too many absences occur, it is still a problem whether they are excused or unexcused because they represent too much lost learning time in the classroom.
- For younger children, you can set a regular bedtime and morning routine. Make sure they get 9 to 11 hours of sleep. You can lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- For older children, you can help them develop homework and bedtime routines that allow for 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of sleep. Make sure that when the lights go out, so do the mobile phones, iPads, video games and computers.
Above all, set an example for your child. Show him or her that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless someone is truly sick.
For more information https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/archive/Pages/studentattendance.aspx
Congratulations to Foundation C for receiving this fortnights most improved attendance award.
Keep up the great work!
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